DESTIN, Florida — Kevin O’Sullivan’s name is coming up big in Texas.
The Florida coach has been tied as a potential candidate for the opening left by Augie Garrido, who was fired after 20 years as Texas’ baseball coach. The position is considered the top baseball job in the country, and one of the best coaches in the country is gaining traction in the Longhorn State.
“All we’re worried about with baseball is Friday night (regional),” Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley said. “Obviously we have a lot of quality coaches at the University of Florida. He’s not the first guy to get mentioned when there’s an opening somewhere. I go through that with every coach we’ve had almost during my entire tenure. That’s a credit to the University of Florida, that’s a credit to them. Those are rumors and whatever have you. He’s one of the best in the country. I’m sure he’s mentioned for a lot of jobs. When Billy (Donovan) was around here, he was mentioned for every job that ever came open and that’s because he was really good. Sully is the same way.”
Sullivan is 387-182 in his nine seasons coaching the Gators, which has included four appearances in the College World Series. The Gators have finished No. 1 in the SEC’s Eastern Division five times to go along with three SEC regular season titles and two SEC Tournament titles.
“We wanted him to make our program relevant and obviously he has done that over and over and over again,” Foley said. “So, we have a tremendous relationship with Sully. I know how he feels about the University of Florida and we have a reputation” of “taking care of our coaches.”